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Lakota Sioux Nation Leaves America

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Teenage suicide is150% higher than America's average. One-fourth of Lakota children are fostered or adopted by non-Native people. Doing so destroys their identity and culture. Ward Churchill calls it killing the Indian, saving the man.

(2) Disease

Tuberculosis is 800% higher than America's average. Cervical cancer is fivefold higher. Diabetes is eight times the national average. The Federal Commodity Food Program provides high-sugar foods. They contribute to poor health.

(3) Poverty

Annual median income is $2,600 - $3,500. Poverty affects 97% of Lakotans. Many families can't afford essentials most people take for granted. In winter, many use ovens for heat. Simple luxuries are unheard of. Life is hard, merciless, punishing, and unrelenting.

(4) Unemployment 

It's 80% or higher. Government corruption, cronyism, and indifference destroy normal living opportunities.

(5) Housing

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In winter, elderly people die from hypothermia. They freeze to death for lack of heat. One-third of homes lack clean water and sewage. About 40% have no electricity. About 60% of families have no telephone.

Another 60% of homes are infected with potentially fatal black molds. On average, 17 people reside in each household. Many have two to three rooms. Some homes built for six to eight people have up to 30 in them.

(6) Drugs and Alcohol

Over half of adults battle addiction and disease. Alcoholism affects 90% of families. Two known methamphetamine labs operate. Authorities haven't closed them.

(7) Incarceration

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Indian children imprisonment exceed whites by 40%. Native People comprise 2% of South Dakota's population. They account for 21% of those imprisoned. 

Indians have the second highest state prison incarceration rate in America. Most live on federal reservations. Less than 2% are where states have jurisdiction.

(8) Culture

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What will the future hold for Indian people if att... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:18:28 AM
So long as there is not Enough for all, we are des... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 10:23:47 AM
I've long been interested in Native American cultu... by Scott Baker on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:27:24 AM
>"Out of sight, out of mind works for most Amer... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:59:12 AM
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Bravo for an excellent article.  I have some ... by 4U2 on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 5:58:46 PM
when the same behavior occurs today. First, you ch... by Paul Repstock on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 9:14:02 PM
what Native American had his Pole Sculptures insta... by Allan Wayne on Monday, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:43:53 PM
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